Mainstage Theater

Bring your vision to life.

The Mendel Center Mainstage is the jewel among performing arts centers in southwestern Michigan. The theatre is recognized for its outstanding acoustic quality, professional-level artist accommodations, and technical specifications able to handle the largest of productions.

Patrons often comment that the Mendel Center Mainstage is their favorite venue for live theater and entertainment because of its welcoming atmosphere, excellent sound quality, good sight lines from every seat in the houses, and overall comfort and ease of accessibility.

Among the many notable performers, productions, and public figures who have been on the Mainstage are the Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, Blue Man Group, and Cats; Grammy-winners Peter Frampton, Boyz II Men, Jethro Tull, Kathy Mattea, and the late B.B. King; former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and George Bush Sr.; and comedians including Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Carrot Top, and Penn and Teller.

Many road-tested artists including Jim Belushi, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, and band members from Styx have publically and privately commented on the beauty and sound quality of The Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre during their performances.

View the Mendel Center Mainstage Technical Rider


The Mainstage Theatre seats a maximum of 1,573 when the Stage Side seating section is used. When the orchestra pit floor is lowered, maximum seating of 1,519 is available for patrons. The main floor holds 1,197 with Stage Side seating, and 1,141 without. The balcony can seat up to 376 patrons. Handicap accessible seating includes extra wide and slide-in seats, as well as wheelchair seating areas.

View the Mainstage seating chart


The Mainstage Theatre is surrounded by three spacious lobbies. The front lobby is where you will find The Mendel Center Box Office, and includes space for artist merchandise sales, artist meet and greets events, cash bar and concession services, and event-specific displays. Semi-private spaces off the main lobby, overlooking the North and South Lobbies can be used for small receptions and gatherings. The North and South Lower Lobbies can be used for pre- or post-show gatherings.


Free, ample parking is available on the south side of The Mendel Center. The well-lit lot includes handicap parking and security patrols during performances. Patrons may use the covered drive in front of the building to drop-off or pick-up passengers. Valet parking services are available for select Mainstage events, and can be added as a service for clients renting the theatre for private and public events.

Renting the Mainstage

The Mendel Center Mainstage is available to rent for fine arts performances, concerts, pageants, ceremonies, and other stage events.


View the Mendel Center Venue & Services Guide


 Rental information:
Brittany Watts
Mendel Center Services Coordinator
(269) 927-8606 or by email

Technical contact:
Marc VanGilder, Technical Director
Business phone: (269) 927-6659